NARU helps the ambulance service prepare for counter terrorism responses

The UK Government’s Counter-terrorism strategy is known as CONTEST. The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism.

CONTEST is organised around 4 workstreams, each comprising a number of key objectives:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  • Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

NARU plays a vital role in helping ensure the NHS ambulance service is ready and prepared to respond safely to terrorist attacks. Specifically, on behalf of NHS England, NARU develops the national standards and specification of NHS capabilities that directly contribute to CONTEST. 

These include the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) capabilities, the Marauding Terrorist Attack (MTA) capabilities and our NHS capability to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear attacks (CBRN). The provision of these capabilities provides a significant proportion of the NHS’s contribution to the strategy’s ‘Prepare’ arm.

The full CONTEST strategy document, the executive summary and translations of the executive summary can be downloaded here.